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A President and Vice President For Our Time

Posted in Elections, politics with tags , , on October 31, 2008 by nighttwister

Today, we again find ourselves at a crossroads. The administrations of the Presidents since Reagan have worked to erode our freedom and opportunity since that time. Thankfully, our current President has kept us safe and fought against terrorism for the past eight years. His tax cuts have led to unprecedented growth and opportunity, but uncontrolled spending has brought us to the brink of financial disaster. Added to this are the socialist policies of the democrat party that have sought to completely undermine our financial system. Rather than acknowledge this, they seek to not only continue these policies, but to nationalize the financial institutions that are no longer solvent due to those policies.

The choice before us today is clear. We can choose to be led by a man without experience, who has been a part of the implementation of the very policies that has devastated our economy, who has never been proud of America, who pals around with domestic terrorists, who’s campaign has been involved in or turned a blind eye to corruption and hatred, and who offers only unspecified Hope and Change. If you listen closely, you’ll find out what that represents. Higher taxes, government handouts for people that don’t participate in the system, and a significant reduction of our freedoms.

Or we can chose to be led by a man that loves his country. This man has fought and sacrificed for his country his entire life. He’s made friends and foes on both sides of the aisle, but has always placed the good of his country over his own. A man with his qualifications and experience could have made millions in the private sector, but such a man is not motivated by money or power, but by love of country. This man is John Sidney McCain III. His campaign slogan says it clearly:

John McCain is the right man, at the right time, to make our nation great again. His priorities perfectly fit our needs at this critical time. John McCain will win the war, keep our nation safe, reduce government waste, eliminate the pork, stimulate our economy which will create jobs, and protect lives. Protecting lives includes those of our military, people at home and abroad, and most importantly, those that cannot defend themselves.

This leads me to John McCain’s most important decision; who would he select to fight this battle with him? There are those that would say words and rhetoric are most important. Those of us that have been around for some time know differently. We recognize that our even our children do not evaluate us based on what we say, but rather what they see us do. John McCain selected a running mate who shares his vision and hopes for America. Someone who has already reformed the government of one of our important States, and who has a genuine love for Country and for those who have challenges we cannot comprehend. This woman is Sarah Louise Heath Palin.

Sarah Palin’s rise has been fast and eventful. She took on the entrenched powers in both political parties in Alaska, reformed and cleaned up the government there (making enemies on both sides of the aisle along the way) to become one of the most popular Governors in the nation. At a time when less than 20% of the nation thinks our current leaders are taking us in the right direction, over 80% of those in Alaska believed Palin was doing the job the people sent her there to do.

More than this however, McCain’s selection of Palin shows that he is committed to the conservative principles of life and freedom that we hold dear. Her choice to bring her child to term, even with the knowledge that he would suffer from the terrible disability of Downs Syndrome, shows her commitment to the sanctity of all life. She has already shown on the campaign trail that she will work hard to be an advocate and voice for those that do not have one on their own.

John McCain is the right man at the right time for our nation. He will lead our nation with honor and keep us that shining beacon on a hill. Sarah Palin is the right woman for now, and for our future.

I hope you will join me in voting for McCain/Palin for President and Vice President of the United States on November 4th, 2008.

Night Twister

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McCain & Palin Should Embrace Troopergate

Posted in Elections, politics with tags , , , , on October 14, 2008 by nighttwister

Scott Ott of Scrappleface fame has written a serious blog at Townhall about the investigation and report into the dismissal of Public Safety Commissioner Walter Monegan.

The investigator makes the claim that Palin abused her power as governor of Alaska by failing to restrain her husband from pushing for the trooper’s dismissal. The state trooper, Mike Wooten, was guilty of some rather serious crimes for which he has still not had to answer for.

He tasered a 10-year-old boy (his own stepson), drank beer in his squad car, and illegally gunned down a moose.

Wooten was married to Todd Palin’s sister, and the two went through quite a nasty divorce. There are also reports of threats made by the trooper against his former wife and family.

Palin claims Monegan was dismissed for disagreements over budgetary issues and direct insubordination in other areas. The investigator agreed, and found that Palin had valid reasons to dismiss him.

Sarah Palin made a number of enemies on both sides of the aisle in Alaska due to her efforts to reform the government and root out the corruption. This investigation was nothing more than people trying to get even for what she did, and to embarrass her after she was nominated as the Republican Vice Presidential candidate.

There’s lots more over at Townhall, and I recommend you read the entire article. Scott most certainly has it right when he says,

Republicans should embrace it as a way of telling the story of why government must be reformed. It is the perfect picture of how government bureaucracies shield the incompetent and immoral among them, and waste taxpayer dollars trying to nail concerned citizens who cry ‘foul’.

Night Twister

Night Twister’s Son Handicaps the Debate

Posted in Elections, politics with tags , , , on September 28, 2008 by nighttwister

While he was watching the debate last night, my 17-year-old son told me he was going to write up a bulletin on his MySpace page with his observations. The words here are completely his. The only changes I made were formatting.

Economy
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Barack Obama. About a month ago this name might have actually scared me, because I truly believed that this man could win the election. But after hearing this man’s economic plan, he, to me, is a laughing stock. Barack Obama says that his tax plan will reach 95% of Americans, but I find it very interesting how this is possible when only 62% of American citizens pay federal taxes. Meaning, that with Obama’s statistics, there is a 38% amount of people that are unaccounted for. Your plan sounds nice on paper Obama, but when you break it down it’s just as soluble as the paper it’s written on.

The presidential debate was everything I could have ever hoped for. John McCain literally laughed at Barack the entire time while putting down every single accusation Barack could throw at him. He went on further to use factual information that yes, Barack tried to dispute, telling the American people the truth about Barack Obama. That Barack Obama has voted to tax people under his beloved 250,000 dollar a year salary limit.

My personal favorite moment of John McCain’s was how he shot down Barack Obama’s business tax accusation. Barack started off saying John McCain wanted to lower taxes on big businesses; and saying that he himself wanted to raise big business taxes to lower taxes on the middle class, and invest in companies that are here in America. Sounds good right? Wrong. John McCain comes back saying,

If you’ll notice, we have the second highest tax rates in the world on businesses; it’s 32%. Ireland’s is 11%. I want to lower taxes on big businesses so they’ll stay here and not ship much needed jobs overseas.

I can only think of one word that can suffice to this quote, I believe it’s Jon Stewart’s favorite saying, BOOM! Obama was just flabbergasted after this, stuttering, looking for words that couldn’t come to him, and almost bringing me to a laughter induced seizure.

I’d also like to point out that at the end of his speech Barack again uses President George W. Bush as a face for the destruction of the economy. I don’t know how many times a 17 year old kid is gonna have to tell him this, but the congress, not the President controls the economy. Notice that when George W. Bush was in office with a Republican congress, our economy was growing? But then, what happens when everyone turns turbo-democrat and elects a democratic congress? Well, look at our economy :).

War
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Now John McCain is a strong believer that we are winning the war on terror in Iraq. He made this a highlight of his speech on war, but he also put in that he does agree that the strategy needs to be changed and that he himself will change it, unlike Obama who would never admit to doing anything wrong. Barack starts off his speech by saying,

I voted against going into Iraq when it was politically unsafe to do so.

Yea, cuz everyone was for it right? When was it ever politically unsafe to vote against the Iraq war? He continues to use statistics on American deaths and casualties, not the comparison between the two however. Considering that over 16,000 U.S. soldiers died in Vietnam in just one year (1968), while 4,110 U.S. soldiers have died in Iraq in the five years as of September 25th, 2008. Violence is down and AQI is on the run. It sounds like we’re winning to me. Maybe Barack should have spent a little more time concentrating on the fact that those facts are so much in our favor, instead of telling us how many of our guys have died.

Barack was against the surge, correct? He had a plan to bring troops out of Iraq the spring before the surge ever began. The surge was successful. His military experience, zero, is shown by this. Barack further went on to say that,

We haven’t eliminated those safe havens like Pakistan.

Again, his military experience shows. Apparently, if there was a group of people that needed to be killed, surrounded by people that wanted to kill him, he would just jump right in the middle and fight his way out. Sorry Barack, it doesn’t work like that. If you’re going to attack a huge safe haven like Pakistan, you better be damn sure that all the surrounding countries which have the same extremist crazies that want America dead inside it are taken care of first. The other reason is, Pakistan has nukes, and we don’t know at what point they’d be willing to use them.

“I don’t know how credible that is”. That’s Barack’s defense to most of John McCain’s factual information.

John McCain’s plan on beating Iran:

A league of democracies with large global economic power to suffocate Iran into an economic defeat.

Barack Obama’s plan to beating Iran:

Obviously our policy over the last few years has not worked.

Um, what?

Foreign Policy
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I’d first of all like to point out that Barack Obama’s first comment on this was,

Russia is not a democracy.

Russia is most definitely a democracy. Former President, yes President, Vladimir Putin has diluted many of the things that make up a democracy, but Russia is now globally known as a democracy. I thought Sarah Palin was supposed to be the amateur on this subject. Barack then says,

Some of Russia’s nuclear weapons could fall into the hands of Al-Qaeda.

Oh, here come the conspiracy theories! I find it very cool that John McCain knows all of these countries names, along with their leaders. While all Barack knows is Achmadenijad. Honestly, since Barack Obama is good at talking and talking only, I thought it would debate would be the exact opposite.

“Foresight and Anticipation” are Barack Obama’s main two points on controlling Russia. Not action, not prevention, not intimidation. No, we shouldn’t make sure that these kinds of things, such as the invasion of Georgia, don’t happen. We should anticipate them coming and watch them happen.

**Side Note**
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At the end of the debate John McCain man-handled Barack Obama verbally with accusations that he couldn’t disprove, facts about his own political career that Barack couldn’t dispute, and all-the-while staying calm, cool, and collected; just as a President should.

Finally! McCain Calls Out Dems On Social Justice

Posted in Elections, John McCain, Obama, politics with tags on April 30, 2008 by Randy Streu

Conservative bloggers and some commentators have for years taken issue with the Democrats’ claim to corner the market on Social Justice issues.  That millions of Americans are taken in by the Left’s claims of “compassion” through entitlement and affirmative action programs (when such things are in fact themselves the height of elitist racism) has been something of a sore spot — with me personally — for far too long.

The problem has been, though bloggers and some commentators have cried foul on this, without politicians coming at this from positions of influence, it simply hasn’t been heard.  But on Sunday, a voice of reason was finally heard — and from a sadly unlikely source:  Senator John McCain.

This, after Senator Obama decried McCain’s plan to eliminate the gas tax during the summer months.

“I noticed again today that Sen. Obama repeated his opposition to giving low-income Americans a tax break, a little bit of relief so they can travel a little further and a little longer, and maybe have a little bit of money left over to enjoy some other things in their lives,” McCain said. “Obviously Sen. Obama does not understand that this would be a nice thing for Americans, and the special interests should not be dictating this policy.”

With this statement from McCain comes a collective sigh of relief from the Conservative base.  Not only has a politician finally taken on the Left in terms of social morality (on their own “turf,” in other words), but it was nice to see McCain turn his ire toward a Democrat instead of a fellow Republican.

I would have hoped to see any GOP nominee take this same route, and it pleases me greatly that McCain did.  It shows the kind of leadership the Conservatives have been wanting to see — and we can only hope this trend (he’s also decided recently that the NC GOP ad he denounced earlier was not such a horrible thing after all) continues.

In that spirit, my McCain window decals, when they arrive, will be applied right-side-up.  But they’re easy-peel, John.  The Hinz movement stands ready for correction should the need arise.

(Thanks to Gamecock at Redstate for pointing out this story.)

Sending McCain a Message

Posted in Constitution, Elections, politics with tags , on April 26, 2008 by Randy Streu

 

 

 

 

 

 

File under “Ideas I Wish Were Mine”
David Hinz has posted an intriguing idea at RedState; and I am adopting it and inviting you to do the same. 

Though many Conservatives, this one included, are unhappy with McCain as presumptive Republican POTUS nominee, it is what it is.  Ultimately, four to eight years of McCain will be better for the future of this nation than four to eight of either Clinton or Obama. 

However, the problem with McCain, as has been laid out on this site, and many others, is found in his clear proclivity for throwing Conservatives under the bus, while at the same time happily making leftward compromises with Liberals.

One option Conservatives have, though, is to try to send McCain a message.  We can do this by not voting for him, to be sure — but this then puts the nation in the hands of the Democratic nominee.  So, Hinz suggests another option.  One that, if we stand together and all implement it, will send a very strong message to McCain and the Republican Party.

Says Hinz:
“I propose that each and every Conservative demonstrate his or her support for Senator McCain for President by purchasing a “McCain for President,” bumper sticker, or better still, two. Then we should all affix those bumper stickers upside down — as a clear message to the senator. As a former Navy flier, Sen McCain will understand that message only too well. As explained below, displaying an ensign or the American flag upside down is a message of danger. It means, “…a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property.””

The message is clear:  America is in danger.  We are in danger of going away from our Founding Principles.  We are in danger of Leftward movement, politically — a movement that pulls us away from liberty and capitalims, and toward more government control.  The message is that we support McCain with much trepidation; not because he is the best man for the job, but because he’s the best of what’s available. 

Incidentally, Hinz also suggests expanding from just bumper stickers:
“Let’s start a movement. Can you see people at rallies holding up McCain signs upside down, and the MSM asking why?”

I can see it.  We have 6 months before this election.  The time to send a message is now.

Fred(!) Thompson’s Favorite Joke

Posted in Elections, Fred(!), politics, Stupid Media with tags , , , , , , on December 8, 2007 by Randy Streu

So, the Associated Press, in their continuing series of stupid questions for presidential hopefulls, most recently asked “what’s your favorite joke.”  Seriously.  They forwarded this question to every candidate in hopes of a response.  Well… they forwarded the question to those candidates with whom they were uninterested in doing a personal interview. 

There were three ways to answer this question, really.  You could give this question the full attention it deserves — which is absolutely none.  You could pander.  Or you could use the question to make a point. 

Hillary Clinton and Rudy Giuliani — arguably two of the more moderate-liberal candidates running for office — both gave the question its due consideration.   Hillary said, “I’m not telling.”  Giuliani poked fun at how very stupid the question was by saying, “probably the most recent one that made me laugh.”   Good for them.

McCain pandered a bit, along with Huck, Romney, and the rest of the Dem. candidates — while also showcasing the reasons why they are in politics and not standup comedy.  If the AP wanted to prove that most politicians have very bad senses of humor, this question did an admirable job.

But Fred(!), as usual, stood out from the crowd.  The Thompson camp, in two words, took a ridiculously stupid question and used it to make a valid and necessary point about the primary process, the media, and his own views on campaigning.  Thompson’s favorite joke?  “Presidential debates.”

Anyone who witnessed the crime against American intellect that was the CNN-YouTube debate would readily agree with this assessment.  As the debates progress, we see that the mainstream media is not interested in the exchange of ideas, but in elititism, and in promoting their own ideals.  In two words, Thompson pointed out the hypocracy of media-moderated presidential “debates.”  And as usual, the media didn’t get the joke.

Note to Grover Norquist: Get Over Yourself

Posted in Economy, Elections, Fred(!), politics, taxes with tags , , , , on December 4, 2007 by Randy Streu

I’ve been going back and forth about whether or not to write anything about that travesty CNN called a debate on Nov. 28.  People far smarter than I, from RedState to Townhall to Flopping Aces — and even SIT’s own Ambrose — have done an admirable job pulling what little could be gained from amongst the BS that filled the evening and making real progress in analyzing it.  I felt, given this, that I could simply leave it alone, and move on to the next subject.  With extreme prejudice.  Then Newsmax sent me an email from Grover Norquist — essentially a transcript of his YouTube response to those two candidates (Thompson and McCain) who dared deny him their signatures during the CNN/YouTube “debate.”

For those who (wisely) skipped this debate, I’ll sum up what Gover’s referring to before I get to his response to it.  Norquist, via YouTube, asked the following question:

President Bush made a commitment when he ran for president in 2000 an 2004 that he would oppose and veto any tax increase that Congress sent him. My question to each of the candidates is: Would you promise to the people watching this right now, that you will oppose and veto any efforts to raise taxes as long as you’re president?”

Thompson responded by saying, “Cut — tax cuts for eight years when I was in the United States Senate. Never met a tax I liked. I’ve got a tax-cut bill on the table. But I don’t do pledges to anybody but the American people.”

McCain responded in kind, by basically saying he’d let his record speak for itself.

So, I get this email via Newsmax, asking me to send a message to Fred(!) and to McCain asking them to sign Norquist’s peice of paper.  According to Norquist, he asked “A simple question: Will you promise the American People you won’t raise their taxes?”  As I quoted above, that’s not quite what he said… but it’s close enough.  His video, though (linked above) is insulting.  He suggests that McCain and Thompson were “confused” in that they seemed to believe he was referring to an organization, rather than to the American people. 

Norquist, understand this: much as you and I have much to agree on, you do not speak for the American People.  Nor do I.  You’re not an elected representative of “The American People” and “The American People” asked nobody to sign a useless peice of paper as a token.  This is about one thing, and one thing only: Grover Norquist’s ego. 

Fred Thompson has a record of lowering taxes, of cutting spending and of denying tax hikes.  Not only that, but he has a plan to make permanent the cuts introduced by the Bush Administration and simplify the tax code, while cutting taxes for everybody.

But, evidently, for Norquist to take a man at his word, he requires that they sign a useless piece of paper.  It’s not a contract; it’s a symbol.  And it’s a symbol not worth the paper it’s printed on.  So why is this guy all hot and bothered?

Simply put, because Thompson and McCain bruised his ego.  They let him know, in no uncertain terms, that, not only does he not speak for the American People, but he’s not even all that particularly important.

Don’t get me wrong.  As I said, I’m all for tax reform, and I think Norquist and his group have some great ideas.  But to get as bent out of shape as Norquist appears to be, simply because two candidates have chosen to let their records to the talking on the subject of taxation, and to let their words be their bond the American People (and not to Grover Norquist) is as childish as it is telling.  And what it tells us is this:

Grover Norquist is not interested in action, or in real integrity.  He’s interested in symbolism.